Category: The Letter

“The Stare” retitled

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From IMDb (Melancholic_Swinton):

I (hesitantly) emailed Jay Anania (the film’s director), just telling him I was really anticipating the film etc. and if there was any new information. He very kindly and courteously responded confirming that it was now called The Letter (and would be distributed under that name), and that it is to be distributed by Wrekin Hill Entertainment (a sub-company of Lionsgate). Even he’s not sure when the film’s release date is, but said that he believes Wrekin Hill has contractually committed to release it this year, adding that it will most likely have a ‘small theatrical’ release and then ‘different VOD and dvd stuff’.

Another “The Stare” on set picture

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011

Things are really quiet at Winonaland this days. But thanks to ChrisB, I have now added to the gallery a new picture of Winona on “The Stare” set, with director Jay Anania.
The movie is currently on post-production and we don’t have any other information about it. I hope more pictures can surface soon.

Winona at Loomstate’s celebration of Earth Day

Friday, May 13, 2011

Finally Winona goes out after a long time. She attended last night the Loomstate’s celebration of Earth Day and talked a little about her movie with James Franco. Sadly, was able to find just one picture.

At Loomstate’s celebration of Earth Day last night at Good Units, Winona Ryder apologized to us for seeming flustered. “I’m a little disoriented, I just came from work and I’m overwhelmed,” she said. She had just started shooting Jay Anania’s The Stare opposite James Franco two days earlier, “and today I had a six-page scene,” she laughed. “It’s going really great, it’s a fantastic project, I’m really super, super excited about it. It’s such a good script, it’s obviously a great opportunity to work with a great actor like Franco, and the other cast” — including Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland, and Katherine Waterston — “is fantastic.” The synopsis for the film, which casts Ryder as a playwright who begins to mentally unravel before premiere night, initially recalls Black Swan (which Ryder also appeared in), and the actress didn’t dispute the comparison last night: “There’s a big twist that I can’t reveal, but it’s sort of almost that Black Swan thing where things are coming out in her play.” But does she get to go mano a mano with Franco (who co-stars as an actor in the play), the way Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis had a physical throwdown in Black Swan? “I can’t say,” Ryder admitted after much hesitation. “There’s one very, very … Ah, I can’t even say. But there’s something that happens, so it’s going to be great.”

New Project: The Stare

Monday, Apr 18, 2011

James Franco will star with Winona Ryder in The Stare, a Jay Anania-directed film that is the first project funded by Waterstone Entertainment, a new producing/financing company formed by producer Jeff Kalligheri and Texas real estate developer and producer Steve Bowen.

Watersone gets started with The Stare, a drama in which a playwright (Ryder) finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production. She’s plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but can’t decide if she’s at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Franco plays one of the performers in the playwright’s production. The film will shoot May 6 in New York. Franco is producing with his Vince Jolivette, with Kalligheri exec producing with Steven Garcia, Rich Hill and Eric Amadio. Franco previously starred in Shadows and Lies for the film’s writer/director Anania, a teacher of Franco’s who heads the directing program at the graduate film school at NYU. Franco’s repped by CAA, Ryder by Gersh.

Source: Deadline